Football Outsiders continues its Plugging the Holes series, in which it targets the offseason issues facing each team in the NFL by division.
Dallas Cowboys: Can the team keep up its run of injury luck?
In a very real sense, Dallas' season ended at 7:23 in the second quarter of its divisional-round game against the Minnesota Vikings when left tackle Flozell Adams came off the field with a strained calf muscle. The Cowboys had been struggling to block the Vikings' talented front four from the opening gun, but that task went from difficult to impossible once Adams left the field. On the very next play, Minnesota's all-world defensive end Jared Allen ran over a speed bump by the name of Doug Free and dropped Felix Jones in the backfield. On second down, Dallas lined up Jason Witten on the left side of the line to give Free some help, but Allen simply blew past Witten on his way to a strip-sack of Tony Romo. The turnover resulted in a Ryan Longwell field goal that pushed Minnesota's lead to 17-3 and effectively ended the competitive portion of the game.